Directors

Gary G. Rich

Gary G. Rich

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Gary G. Rich is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Parker Drilling. He was elected president and chief executive officer on October 1, 2012 and chairman on May 1, 2014. An industry veteran with over 30 years of global technical, commercial and operations experience, Mr. Rich comes to Parker Drilling after a 25 year career with Baker Hughes Incorporated where he successfully managed several of the company’s businesses, regions, and initiatives. Over his career he has held a progressive series of roles across a broad spectrum of focus areas including global sales and strategic marketing and business development; new technology, product and commercialization strategies; and operations, finance and business management.

Prior to joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Rich served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, and prior to this role, he served as president of that company's European operations. Previously, Mr. Rich was president of Hughes Christensen Company (HCC), a division of Baker Hughes primarily focused on the production and distribution of drilling bits for the petroleum industry.

Mr. Rich holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas.

 

Jonathan M. Clarkson

Jonathan M. Clarkson

Retired Chairman, Texas Capital Bank

Mr. Clarkson recently retired from Matrix Oil Company, a privately held E&P company based in California, where he served as Chief Financial Officer from 2012 to 2015. Previously, Mr. Clarkson served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Capital Bank’s Houston Region, a subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc., from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2002 he served as president and chief financial officer of Bargo Energy Company and its successor company Mission Resources Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Clarkson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ocean Energy Corporation and its predecessor company, United Meridian Corporation. He also held several senior management positions at InterFirst Corporation and its subsidiary First National Bank in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Clarkson currently serves on the Board of Memorial Production Partners LP, a domestic energy firm focused on the acquisition and exploitation of oil and gas properties where he currently is chair of the Audit Committee and Conflicts Committee. Previously, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of Edge Petroleum Corporation where he chaired the audit committee and also served as a member of that board’s Compensation Committee.

 

Peter T. Fontana

Peter T. Fontana

Retired Chief Operating Officer, Weatherford International plc

Mr. Fontana is the former chief operating officer of Weatherford International, a global provider of equipment and services used in drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention of oil and natural gas wells. He retired from Weatherford in 2013, having served as chief operating officer since 2010. Mr. Fontana joined Weatherford in January 2005. Prior to joining Weatherford, Mr. Fontana held leadership positions with Baker Hughes, Forasol/Foramer and The Western Company of North America. Mr. Fontana holds a master's of business administration from Southern Methodist University and is the inventor and co-inventor on several U.S. patents. He has authored numerous technical papers focused on improved drilling operations.

 

Gary R. King

Gary R. King

Managing Partner, The Matrix Partnership

Mr. King was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2008 and is the Managing Partner of The Matrix Partnership and CEO of Intrepid GTL, based in Dubai, UAE. He has a broad 30 year international career as an exploration geologist, oil trader and asset manager. He has held several CEO and senior management positions with Government of Dubai entitles including the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, Sovereign Wealth Fund Dubai Natural Resources World, Emirates National Oil Company and Dragon Oil Plc. He also held senior executive roles with Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank and Standard Bank.

Mr. King is a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian listed Serinus Energy Inc. He is a long standing member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) and has a BSc and an MSc in Petroleum Exploration Geology from Imperial College, London University.

 

Robert L. Parker Jr.

Robert L. Parker Jr.

Retired Chairman, Parker Drilling

Robert L. Parker Jr. is the retired chairman of the board of Parker Drilling. The grandson of the company’s founder, Mr. Parker retired as a Parker employee in December 2013 after more than 40 years with the company. During his tenure, he established Parker as a respected trailblazer and leader in energy exploration and development. Under his guidance, the company created innovative technologies and operational procedures that advanced the drilling profession and continue to benefit the global oil and gas industry today. A recognized champion of safety and environmental stewardship, Mr. Parker spearheaded the development of Parker Drilling's strong safety culture. Under his leadership, the company frequently recorded Total Recordable Incident Rates well below the International Association of Drilling Contractors member average. As a continuing member of Parker’s board, Mr. Parker brings a wealth of historical knowledge of the company, as well as strategic industry experience.

 

Richard D. Paterson

Richard D. Paterson

Retired Managing Partner, PwC

Mr. Paterson retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in June 2011 after 37 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Paterson served as global leader of PwC’s Consumer, Industrial Products and Services Practices (comprising the automotive, consumer and retail, energy utilities and mining, industrial products, pharmaceutical and health industries sectors) and also as the Managing Partner of the Houston Office and U.S. Energy Practice. These practices comprised roughly half of PwC’s global revenues. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Paterson was Global Leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining Practice and also was the lead audit engagement partner responsible for the audits of ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Paterson lived in Moscow, Russia, where he led PwC’s Energy Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa and also was the lead audit engagement partner responsible for the audits of OAO Gazprom for those years. Prior to 1997, Mr. Paterson was responsible for the audits of numerous PwC clients, principally in the energy sector. He began his career with PwC in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1974, served in seven PwC offices, including four years in the National Office in New York, and was admitted as a partner of PwC in 1987. Mr. Paterson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”). NACD has named him a Board Leadership Fellow due to his demonstrated commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD's comprehensive program of study for corporate directors. Mr. Paterson serves on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Eclipse Resources Corporation. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, including Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee, of Tidewater, Inc. Mr. Paterson also provides consulting services as a member of the Compliance Committee of Saipem Canada, Inc. Mr. Paterson previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Zaff GP LLC, a private equity fund investing in emerging markets with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Mr. Paterson is a past board member of the U.S./Russia Business Council and the U.S Energy Association. He meets the requirements of a Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert pursuant to Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

 

Roger B. Plank

Roger B. Plank

Retired President, Apache Corporation

Mr. Plank was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2004. He retired from Apache Corporation in February 2014 after 32 years of service. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Corporate Officer of Apache Corporation. From 2009 to 2011 he served as President. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2000 and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 1997. Mr. Plank previously served as Vice President of Planning and Corporate Development, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Vice President of External Affairs for Apache. He is also Chairman of Houston’s Alley Theatre.

 

R. Rudolph Reinfrank

R. Rudolph Reinfrank

Managing General Partner, Riverford Partners, LLC

R. Rudolph Reinfrank is the managing general partner of Riverford Partners LLC, a strategic advisory and investment firm based in Los Angeles. Riverford acts as an investor, board member and strategic advisor to growth companies and companies in transition. Prior to founding Riverford, Mr. Reinfrank was a co-founder and a managing general partner of Clarity Partners L.P. and a co-founder of Clarity China, L.P. He is a co-founder and a managing general partner of Rader Reinfrank & Co. Mr. Reinfrank is a director of Apollo Investment Corporation. Mr. Reinfrank meets the requirements of a Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert pursuant to item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K and he is FINRA licensed for Series 7, 62 and Series 63. Mr. Reinfrank is also a senior advisor to Pall Mall Capital, Limited (London), and Transnational Capital Corporation.

 

Zaki Selem

Zaki Selim

Retired, President of Oilfield Services, Middle East and Asia

Mr. Selim was elected to the Company's board of directors in March 2015. An oil and gas industry veteran, Mr. Selim retired from Schlumberger in 2010 after a 29-year career with the company. He brings extensive international operations experience in oilfield services to Parker’s board. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Selim served for four years as president of oilfield services for Schlumberger's Middle East & Asia operations. In this role, he oversaw every aspect of the region's business development, marketing, and operational execution activities. Since retiring, Mr. Selim has been involved in oil and gas investment and consulting advisory services. Mr. Selim serves on the board’s audit committee.

 

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Robert L. Parker

Robert L. Parker

Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Parker joined Parker Drilling in 1947 and 10 years later purchased the company from his father, Gifford C. Parker, the founder of the company. Serving as president since 1954, Mr. Parker took the company public in 1969 and was elected chairman and chief executive officer. Since 2006, he has retained the position of chairman emeritus. Mr. Parker also serves on the board of directors of Clayton Williams Energy, is an advisory director of Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, and is the chairman of the U.S. - Kazakhstan Business Association board of directors. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by the American Petroleum Institute in 1999, the Waggener-Griffin Award from Spindletop International in 2001, and the God and Country Award from Boy Scouts of America in 2001. In 2001 he was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame by the Tulsa Historical Society. Mr. Parker holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a Distinguished Alumnus.